The Best War Films You Have Never Seen

THE BEST WAR FILMS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN

 

This is a good starter list.

If you want to dive a little deeper however, here are some realistic foreign war movies (w/english subtitles) definitely worth your time:

 

  1. Fortress of War (2010)

  2. Assembly (2007)

  3. Back to 1942 (2012)

  4. The East (2020)

  5. Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021)

  6. Dara of Jasenovac (2020)

  7. 1944 (2015)

  8. Land of Mine (2015)

  9. Katyn (2007)

  10. As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

 

Finland Winter/Continuation War Movie Recommendations

 

Since my post on The Winter War I got to thinking about a couple of movies that are definitely worth watching on the subject of Finland’s fight against Communism and true independence in the 20th Century.

FYI: As is the case with finding QUALITY movies lately, both of these are foreign productions made out of the sphere of Hollyweird and are subtitled in English.

 

Talvisota (The Winter War)

Set during the early days of World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon. Released in 1989.

 

 

Tuntematon Sotilas (Unknown Soldier)

Unknown Soldier tells the largely-ignored story of The Continuation War, a massive conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union that lasted from 1941-1944.

Probably the most realistic depiction of WW2-era infantry combat ever filmed.

A film adaptation of Väinö Linna’s best selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel’s unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

June, 1941: Trapped between two repressive regimes, Finland has little choice but to ally itself with Nazi Germany against its traditional foe, although it manages to remain a democracy throughout. Virtually unknown in the WW ll arena, a brutal war against Soviet occupation takes place in the Far North. As the men of a Finnish infantry unit march through the forests of Karelia to regain territory lost to Russia in the Winter War of 1939, each of them soon realizes the horror and pointlessness of war. Except for their officers, more concerned about medals and personal glory than the lives of their men. A diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause–yet they are strengthened by a growing bond of camaraderie to each other and their loved ones. After huge personal sacrifice and a prolonged trench war, the outcome is inevitable, ending with a ceasefire in September 1944.

WW2 Movies Worth A Damn: Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

‘Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle’: Cannes Review

 

The story of WW2 Japanese Army Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda is an amazing one to say the least.

For exactly 10,000 nights (29 years) Onoda survived alone in the jungles of the Philipine island of Lubang with only his wits, training and dedication to see him through.

For the military historian and martial citizen, the study of the “Secret War” in which the Japanese had trained Onoda in the Nakano School  is worthy of attention.

When Japan realized the War had been lost (around late 1943) The focus shifted on training soldiers (and some civilians) in the fundamental aspects of guerilla warfare and sabotage. The Japanese were planning to resist with a guerilla army both in the home islands and abroad.

Just a FYI: The Movie is rather long, coming in a just over two hours and forty-five minutes and is in French with English subtitles.

You can watch Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle HERE.

WW2 Movies Worth A Damn: The Railway Man (2013)

It’s no secret I am a Writer, Veteran and all around Military History Nut, but I am also somewhat of a amateur film enthusiast.

So when I come across a film(particularly a WW2 film) that I feel is worthwhile (which is not very often since as you know very FEW films that come out of socialist-pedo Hollyweird are worthwhile) I like to share them with my readers.

I was drawn to this movie both as a Veteran and WW2 Historian being that the film is based on the autobiographical book by Eric Lomax by the same title The Railway Man: A POW’s searing account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness.

This Movie also Tops my Memorial Day Movie List as well.

The Railway Man can be streamed for free HERE.

*As with all free streaming sites, I recommend you download some type of pop-up/Ad Blocking Software (like UBlock Origin) before viewing.

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Foreign WW2/War Movies Worth A Damn #1

OK, so I started thinking about a list of some Foreign War Movies worth a look.

Most people would not believe that some of the best and most realistic World War Two (and War Movies in general) are foreign made. (Yes they have English subtitles, so you lazy couch potatoes will have to read some! God Forbid.)

 

Fortress of War (aka The Brest Fortress)

 2010 Russian-Belarusian war film recounting the June 1941 defense of Brest Fortress against invading Wehrmacht forces in the opening stages of Operation BarbarossaNazi Germany‘s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.[1][2] Events are narrated from the perspective of 15-year-old Sasha Akimov, centering on three resistance zones holding out against the protracted German siege. The defending forces are led by regiment commander Major Pyotr Gavrilov (44th Rifle Regiment of the Red Army), with Regimental Commissar Yefim Fomin (84th Rifle Regiment of the Red Army), and the head of the 9th Frontier Outpost, Lieutenant Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov.

Can be viewed on YouTube with English subs.

 

The Dawn’s Here Are Quiet

This 2015 remake of the 1972 Soviet WW2 film is a real gem. Based on the 1969 novel by Boris Vasilyev, the movie tells the story of an unfulfilled Soviet Army Sergeant stationed in an out of the way outpost near the Finnish border during 1942. The outpost is home to two AA Flak guns and a detachment of six female crew members. When a German Paratroop Squad is spotted in the woods, the Sergeant has no choice but to engage the Germans with the Five female soldiers (leaving one behind.)

What follows is an amazing story of bravery, courage and sacrifice.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime.

 

City of Life and Death

OK, so this is really Pre-WW2 (1937) but historically it goes hand in hand with Japan’s aggressive stance toward the conquest of China and Asia. Strap in with this one because it is a tough watch at times. The Rape of Nanking is one of the most horrific chapters in modern warfare history to be sure and yeah it was perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army, not the Germans.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime

Back to 1942

This is one of those movies that has a great cast but did not get great reviews overall. Honestly, I enjoyed it as a War film because it shows the hardship of war on the civilian population. China had it really terrible in WW2, putting up with not only the Japs, but also a Civil War where Communist were taking everything not nailed down for the “State.” (And we all know how that turned out.)

Can be Viewed on Amazon Video

 

Assembly

This is set in 1947 during the Chinese Civil War between Chiang Kai-Shek’s KMT Nationalist Army and the Red Communist led by Mao Zedong.

A really gritty war picture set during a really nasty period in Chinese history.

Can be Viewed on DVD or Streamed Online.

 

My Way

Fascinating true story about a Korean solider who was conscripted by the Japanese Imperial Army, The Soviet Red Army and the Wermacht during WW2. He was captured by American forces on D-Day while fighting with a group of German conscripts.

Read more about this amazing story HERE.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime

 

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